Welcome to boston.com weekly broadcast guide. Each week, we recommend five must-watch movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms such as netflix, Hulu, Amazon Premier, Disney+, HBO Maxand more.
Many of the recommendations are for new shows, while others are for under-the-radar releases you might have missed or classics that are set to leave a streaming service at the end of the month.
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Many horror fans will be delighted to hear that “Halloween Ends” is the latest entry in the long-running film franchise that will be helmed by David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express”). The director and his comedy co-writer Danny McBride (“The Righteous Gemstones”) took John Carpenter’s franchise in a divisive new direction with “Halloween” (2018), “Halloween Kills” (2021) and now “Halloween Ends”. exposing many of the townspeople who cloaked the killer Michael Myers long terrorized as monsters in their own right. If you weren’t a fan of Green’s first two films, you probably won’t like “Ends” either. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), Myers, and a suitably menacing soundtrack composed by Carpenter are the only threads connecting “Ends” to the 1978 original. But if you approach “Halloween Ends” with an open mind, you’ll appreciate the bold new directions Green has taken for the franchise, even when the storytelling gets a little confusing along the way.
How to watch: “Halloween Ends” is streaming on Peacock.
Few directors can claim a greater impact on the film medium than the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, whose works are often imitated but rarely surpassed nearly a century after directing his first feature film. Hitchcock’s most enduring and influential work is “Psycho,” a groundbreaking film that gave birth to the slasher genre, introduced the world to a new kind of villain in Norman Bates, introduced one of the music of most iconic film of all time and pioneered camera techniques. who still inspire admiration more than 60 years later. Fans of Hitchcock horrors can also stream “The Birds” on Peacock.
How to watch: “Psycho” is streaming on Peacock.
Not since Norman Bates in “Psycho” – or perhaps Jack Torrance in “The Shining” – has America been mesmerized by a villain like Hannibal Lecter. In just 16 minutes of screen time, the charismatic cannibal played by Anthony Hopkins unleashes one memorable quote after another, captivating audiences and mesmerizing FBI investigator Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who asks Lecter for help. to capture another serial killer (Ted Levine). The only horror film to win a Best Picture Oscar, and only the third film in history to sweep the Big 5 Oscar categories (pictured, actor, actress, director, screenplay), “The Silence of the Lambs” can be enjoyed in October with a pumpkin beer or any other month of the year with a good Chianti.
Browsing through our What to Watch archive, you can find recommendations for several great horror anthology shows, including “Midnight Mass,” “Castle Rock,” and “American Horror Story.” If you’ve ever watched all of this, consider “Black Mirror,” a British import that’s the closest modern equivalent to the twisted parables of “The Twilight Zone” — even more so than 2019’s “Twilight Zone” remake. Many episodes focus on the corrosive influence of technology on society, but others point the finger directly at humanity itself. Standout episodes include “15 Million Merits”, which features Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), and “Be Right Back”, featuring a Domhnall Gleeson (“Ex Machina”).
How to watch: “Black Mirror” is stream on netflix.
Marvel dipped its toes into the horror genre for the first time earlier this year with Sam Raimi’s macabre “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Now it goes with “Werewolf by Night,” a fun and sometimes creepy homage to Universal’s 1930s and ’40s monster movies like “Frankenstein” and “The Wolf Man.” Speaking of werewolves, Gael Garcia Bernal (“Old”) has a lot of fun as Jack Russell, the lycanthrope referenced in the film’s title. Jack and a collection of monster hunters enter a contest to take control of an ancient artifact known as the Bloodstone, and none of his comrades know of Jack’s wolf alter-ego. Classified as a TV special, “Werewolf” is really halfway between a movie and a TV series; at a quick 53 minutes, it’s the perfect bite-sized Halloween entertainment.
How to watch: “Night Werewolf” is streaming on Disney+.
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